A STAY WITH ART HOTEL MUSEO IN TUSCANY | CULTURE & STYLE AWAITS YOU

OPERA ARTE RESTAURANT FINE DINNING & HOTEL REVIEW

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So a few months back, Jenny and I were invited to spend a couple of nights at the elegant Art Hotel Museo in Tuscany and we of course jumped up the opportunity to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the way there. Situated in Prato province, this 4 star Tuscany hotel offers one of the best stays in the city, and has held a renowned reputation for Europe’s leading Textile Industries. We were offered one of their Classic Suites with views over The Contemporary Art Museum L. Pecci and access to their gym facilities to car hire service.

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Let’s start with a little introduction about the hotel itself. Since it’s founding, Art Hotel Museo was born under the sign of Art both for it’s location in front of the Luigi Pecci the center of contemporary art, and has always held a very high standard or both service, and accommodation with plenty of guest facilities and food & beverage options including; close proximity to the history city allows visitors to enjoy art, design, fashion and shopping in numerous outlets.

“We offer all our guests comfortable and cosy rooms (106 rooms including 2 executive, 3 deluxe and 4 suites and our renovated Classic Plus and our Designer Rooms on 04th Floor) as well as functional spaces conceived and designed to offer complete satisfaction in a setting of total relaxation. Art Hotel Museo is not only the meeting point of reference in Prato but it is also an active and dynamic hotel in the area.”

From the Art Hotel Museo Website

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I’ve got to say that this is one of the best hotel stay experiences we’ve had lately and the hospitality was outstanding. In fact second to none that we’d love to come back again soon. The rooms were very spacious including a separate walk in closet next door to the Bathroom with a modern contemporary feel inside the classic suite. Homely touches through out the whole hotel was so beautiful it was like an Art Gallery with a different theme on each floor. Me and Jen made good use of the Hotel Bar after a day of designer shopping Gigli Mall where we brought new outfits for Milan Fashion Week. The Hotel bar served all our Classic cocktail favourite’s from Aperol Spritz to Espresso Martini’s, fashion week here we come!

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Fancy a sumptuous cocktail or fine glass of Tuscan wine after day of sightseeing and shopping, spot of lunch or formal dinner the hotel has something to cater to everyone with various food and drinks options at the in-house The Opera Arte Restaurant including room service in dinning menu looks delicious. You’ve got to try their ‘Traditional Italian Roman Pizza’ Pinsa Romana with it’s soft fluffy dough base mozzarella, tomato, basil my favorite here. But, don’t forget to try the fresh gelato ice cream served as a desert option is just divine the taste of mouthwatering fresh lemon after two courses.

Tuscany Hotels

Tuscany Hotels

Another delicacy you must try is the Authentic Spaghetti Bolognese made with fresh tomato sauce and wild boar mince instead of beef which we are so used to having back home so it was a real treat to try something new in Tuscany. It would be great to attempt this dish when I get back home as I’m always looking to improve my culinary skills in the kitchen and cooking is enjoyable too especially during the lock down period. I’ve taken the time to learn new skills and take up new hobbies like watching ‘YouTube’ cooking channels – looking forward to what cuisine I’ll attempt in the kitchen next.

We both really enjoyed our time here in Prato Tuscany and the staff management at Art Hotel Museo were so kind and accommodating to us it made such a real difference for our stay. This hotel is also perfect for business travelers equip with conference rooms as well as holiday makers looking for a relaxing stay on vacation.

The outdoor pool and spacious garden are ideal for a fun summer with pop up bar and the hotel is Pet friendly too.  For us, it was all about taking time to switch off from our busy itinerary of life in London before the start of Milan Fashion Week. We definitely made the most of it, so if you are after a short weekend break to take in some culture through cuisine, fine wine, dining and shopping then this would be the ideal hotel to check out what Prato has to offer.  I discovered that Prato is known as The Textile City throughout history portraying cultural significance of fashion to wine in Tuscany’s winery’s and vineyards is very intriguing for wine lovers alike.

 

Tuscany Hotels

Tuscany Hotels
Photography Jenny Pickets

 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: #AD A huge thank you to Art Hotel Museo for hosting us and for providing a wonderful, stay in Prato. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in, regardless of who foots the bill. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.

Some of the above links are affiliate links and I will earn a tiny percentage of the sale if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting The Joey Journal!

For more information and booking enquiries on Flights to Pisa & Hotel Reservations including the Hotel Restaurant at Art Hotel Museo Prato Italy, please visit

 

ART HOTEL MUSEO

Viale della Republica 289

59100, Prato Italy

+39 0574/578888

www.arthotel-museo.it

info@arthotel-museo.it

+39 0574/5787

 

OPERA ARTE & RESTAURANT

www.opera-arte.restaurant

info@operat-arte.restaurant

+39 0574/578888

 

RYANAIR AIRLINES

www.ryanair.com

 

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CITY GUIDE: EXPERIENCE TUSCANY FROM PISA TO PRATO & “FIRENZE” | ART HOTEL MUSEO – REVIEW

WHERE TO STAY IN TUSCANY DURING PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 97 AND THINGS TO EXPLORE

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 TUSCANY – TOSCANA

Discover the path from Fashion to Wine in Tuscany’s wineries, vineyards and Prato The Textile City.

First day in Italy today, “Ciao—Buongiorno” from me and Jenny after two hours sleep getting straight off of a plane to see the picturesque leaning tower of Pisa was very cool indeed. As a matter of fact it’s known as one of the seven wonders of the medieval world believe it or not, but it’s true. I’m so glad to be here and have the opportunity to see it during my press trip to Europe before exploring Prato then onto Milan for Men’s Fashion Week.

The sky was lit up bright blue and felt like spring time rather than winter season. It was about 12 degrees when we got there so we’re able to sit outside with our pasta and pizza and enjoy taking in the atmosphere. We had the most wonderful lunch. Pasta and wine made in the town we visited was authentically Italian just the way I like it.

Since being in Italy over the long weekend I literally consumed my body weight in carbs being mostly pasta and wine, it was so delicious as everything here in Italy is very freshly prepared.

I was so happy to be in comfy clothes this day as we had just left the Pisa airport and still had our suit cases on us both with hand luggage but we managed it fine. The restaurant was called Ristorante Pizzeria Duomo. They did gluten free pasta! which Jenny my friend couldn’t believe as she was so overwhelmed by it and food options. When they make it in Italy it’s just sooo much better.

A litre of wine was only €8. Such a good price … especially if you’re wanting a rather chilled relaxing afternoon lunch to watch the people go by. After all that traveling – it was so worth it having some time to ourselves. The staff were really kind and accommodating I really recommend this place if you’re ever going to visit Pisa for a day trip excursion on route to Florence via Prato.

 

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN TUSCANY

 
ART HOTEL MUSEO

During Day one of our press trip – from Pisa to Prato we stayed at @art_hotel_museo. The whole hotel was so elegant with character and contemporary themed just like an art gallery housed on each level.

It had a different theme on each floor. It had the Art room. We literally took loads of pictures! I loved this place so much I definitely want to come back in summer and try out their outdoor swimming pool as it’s closed during the winter months.  I can’t recommend this enough! If you’re going to Prato Italy via Florence for Pitti Uomo then definitely book this hotel  – you won’t be disappointed. Not forgetting it’s fantastic location is great too for a day trip to 15 minutes by train to “Firenze” which is Florence in Italian just so you know.

Art Hotel Museo Prato, Italy

 

4th Floor Lift Lobby – ART HOTEL MUSEO

 

This wonderful  4 Star hotel located 1.6 miles from the centre of Prato feel more like a 5 Star hotel as it boast luxury facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, classic to deluxe room suites and wellness spa with excellent customer service at Art Hotel Museo. Standard Hotel Rates apply – per night for 1 person only staying in a Classic Room Only Rate is 81 Euro’s and Rate with Breakfast Included 85.50 Euro’s.

 

 

The elegantly presented hotel suites with contemporary interiors have unique art work hanging in each room which are very spacious clean with minimal details.

Extra’s include a fully stocked mini bar, a dresser with flat screen television and oh wait the best part the walk in wardrobe closet every fashionista’s goal even more storage space to keep clothes and prep outfits so it feels more like home made all the difference.

 

 

The modern sleek bathroom as shower room, bathtub combi, bede with well equipped mod cons was up to the highest standards one would expect from a 4 Star Hotel unrivaled to other hotels I’ve stayed in before felt very luxurious indeed. With free WiFi access, the elegant rooms feature air conditioning and most have a flat-screen TV. Their bathrooms are complete with a hairdryer and toiletries.

 


Things to try and Experience


PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO

“Prato is a must see hidden gem 15 minutes from Firenze and convenient for Pitti Uomo Florence Fashion Week the home of classic Menswear, Celebrating fine craftsmanship and art of tailoring. This event is held twice a year in January and June.

THE PRATO TEXTILE MUSEUM

Apart from the Art, Culture, and Gastronomy Prato is also renowned for the Textile Museum & Lazzerini library are dedicated to both historic & contemporary textiles in a 19th-century mill. It’s a well known fact that Museo de Tessuto is one of the well recognised European Institutions dedicated to studying, preserving and promotion of ancient, historical and contemporary textiles housing an archive of textiles from Italy, Europe and the rest of world. It’s definitely well worth the visit if you want to find out more about the European routes of Industrial heritage and the intricate part it played in the history of Prato and its significance in the worlds textile industry.

 

 

So, just how beautiful are the side streets of Italy that I was just so overwhelmed by it’s charm. This photo was taken by my friend Jenny in the street where we dined for lunch at one of the Italian Trattoria’s – known as typical Italian Restaurants. We were just a stone’s throw away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa it was well worth the visit on route to our Hotel in Prato near Florence which was spontaneous on the day. I’m so glad we had the chance to make the most of our first day in Italy doing a bit of sightseeing while we can in the short space of time.

We dined for lunch at one of the Italian Trattoria’s – known as Restaurants Italy.

 

 

 

 

DESIGNER LABELS & SHOPPING

GIGLI SHOPPING MALL

For those who enjoy a spot of shopping the Gigli Shopping Mall Prato’s largest shopping mall is a 10 minutes taxi journey away from high street to designer labels Zara, H&M to Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and more.

You will find here a wide mix of retail stores and eateries in a bustling shopping complex with whimsical accents on Via San Quirico, 165, 50013 Campi Bisenzio FI, Italy

Myself and Jenny just couldn’t help ourselves as we were both tempted by the January Sales and to shop for statement staples to match our outfits ready for Milan Fashion Week.

It’s very near Prato and Florence, great if you’re looking to find good quality stores with good prices in Tuscany, this is the place to be.

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

OPERA’ ARTE & RESTUARANT – ART HOTEL MUSEO

One of the best things about staying in a hotel in the country you’re visiting is to sample their local food and wine which means more pasta and wine for me to try out and taste. The restaurant’s wide choice of wine selection on display showcases a library bookcase is every wine sommeliers dream with all the Chianti to satisfy discerning clientele just for you keen avid wine lovers.

Art Hotel Museo The maître d‘ hôtel head waiter, were so accommodating to us it made our stay very special indeed and look forward to return soon. I forgot to tell them that Jenny was gluten free before arriving and straight away they were able to serve Jenny hot Gluten Free bread  & pasta in Italian ‘Sensi Glutine’ . I also had a selection of salmon, seafood, liver and pizza known as pinsa from Roma cooked differently.

Salmon and salt cod in many ways
Salmone e baccala in piu maniere

 

Squid stuffed with pawn, vegatable brunoise and side or of shellifish
Calamaro ripieno di gambero, brunoise di verdure e contorno di molluschi
Tortello of Val Bisenzio with wild boar ragu
Tortella della Val del Bisenzio al ragu di cinghiale

I loved this as I don’t eat fresh shellfish on a regular basis so this was lovely treat for me and so healthy too. For a taste of authentic Tuscan cuisine I recommend the Pasta Dish with a twist Tortello of Val Bisenzio with wild boar ragu goes down well with a glass of Chianti red. Their wine taste so exquisite and this was made in the region we were staying in Tuscany.

An extensive breakfast buffet is available every morning serving an array of fresh fruit, cold cut meats, fresh pastry’s, cereal and more.

A variety of cold and hot beverages from fresh juices to tea and italian coffee too is a great to way to get your mornings off to a good start each day.The Art Restaurant serves authentic Tuscan specialities, along with classic Italian recipes from the Menu beginning with Starters, Pasta, Rice to Main Courses to side dishes. Room Service orders from the food menu option is also available from 4 Euro’s. After dinner why not head over to The American bar is the ideal place for a cocktail or local liqueur which my favourites are Aperol Spritz or Campari and relax on the comfy sofa’s or at the bar to unwind in the evenings. We wanted the full Italian experience as it was great to visit other part’s of Italy during our Press Trip over the 4 day weekend before heading to Milan.

 

Guests can enjoy free access to a partner well-equipped fitness centre, set 100 yards away. Staff are available 24 hours a day and can recommend sights and restaurants nearby.

HOW TO GET THERE

Flying into Tuscany: main airports in Pisa and Florence. Tuscany has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Firenze-Peretola Airport in Florence serves both Europe including connecting international destinations.

From the U.K Pisa is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 2 hour and 5 minutes from London Stanstead with Ryanair and cost approximately £ 123.98 Return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on Ryanair for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.

Airport Transfer’s from Pisa Airport into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 Euro’s. Mainland Treno train services from Pisa Centrale Stazione are available and run hourly via Firenze Santa Maria to Prato Centrale Stazione or direct services run throughout intervals daily depending on the train schedules timetable.

For more information and booking enquiries on Flights to Pisa & Hotel Reservations including the Hotel Restaurant at Art Hotel Museo Prato Italy, please visit

 

ART HOTEL MUSEO

Viale della Republica 289

59100, Prato Italy

+39 0574/578888

www.arthotel-museo.it

info@arthotel-museo.it

+39 0574/5787

 

Standard Hotel Rates apply so please Inquire with the Hotel’s Reservations Team prior to making a Booking

– Rates Per Night for 1 person each Staying in a Classic Room.

Room Only Rate is 81 Euro’s and Rate with Breakfast Included 85.50 Euro’s.

 

OPERA ARTE & RESTAURANT

www.opera-arte.restaurant

info@operat-arte.restaurant

+39 0574/578888

 

RYANAIR AIRLINES

www.ryanair.com

 

Follow along and Connect on Social Media

 

Instagram @art_hotel_museo

 

Instagram @ryanair #ryanairstories

 

Disclosure: #AD A huge thank you to Art Hotel Museo for hosting me and for providing a wonderful, stay in Prato. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally use and believe in, regardless of who foots the bill. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.  Please note prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. ryanair.com and Art Hotel Museo.

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BARCELONA STYLE DIARY | WHAT I PACKED FOR A SUMMER CITY BREAK

BEACH LIFE...

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‘Ola’ Espania the things I love most, the weather and vermouth fueled lunch’s, the late dinners, the Spanish Tomato Bread and Catalonia way of life! I haven’t been to Spain since last July and I was so excited to explore the city, culture and nightlife scene!

DAY 1

Siesta Summer of Love, Sun & Sangria

Wearing my favourite Topman swimsuit and a few of my favourite summer accessories:

such as my favourite shorts from Uniqlo

Scroll along into the Siesta mood & Summer Style gazing.

What to wear in Barcelona

What to wear in Barcelona

My favourite Men’s Watch – I have been wearing it both on the Beach and at Sporting Events this Summer

at Henley Royal Regatta and on the beach. Here are some Mid-range & high street pieces:

What I wore in Barcelona

What to wear in Barcelona

What to wear in Barcelona

Floral Printed Swimshorts: Topman / Nato Strap Army Field Men’s Watch: Henley Boutique / Oversized Acetate Frame Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs

 

DAY 2

2nd day in Barcelona started with -29 degrees C

My outfit was all about smart casual, comfortable soft shirting and statement pants.

Please, take a moment and admire the scenery: “Siesta Dream” – let’s all imagine this is the ideal summer situation

The day ended with a sumptuous dinner and cocktails at W Hotel Eclipse Bar

What to Wear In Barcelona

What to wear in Barcelona

Oxford buttoned down Shirt & Pants by Polo Ralph Lauren

 

DAY 3

Next day my Style Influencer buddy for the day Nadeshda coordinated for a Resort Vacation Look

Today I wore a full High Street Look with my signature favourite Prada Sunglasses

 

What to wear in Barcelona

What to wear in Barcelona

What to wear in Barcelona

Faded printed T-shirt: River Island / Tailored fit Seersucker Shorts: Uniqlo / Rectangular Acetate Frame Sunglasses: Prada Eyewear

Hope you enjoyed my Barcelona Vacation Style Lookbook

 

MAJESTIC MOROCCO LUXURY ESCAPES | STYLE JOURNAL

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As the Summer has drawn to a close, it’s time to start sharing all my favourite looks from my weekend! in Marrakech, which took place beginning of September, was a great one this year! It is my 1st time visiting Morocco for a friends Wedding, and it was an amazing experience! I have grown accustomed to the Culture and know I am already dreaming of returning to check out Agadir! The luxury resorts, sandy beaches, fine cuisine, souks for traditional arts & crafts, nightlife and rooftop sunbathing on Riad’s. Morocco was so beautiful to explore the Red City.

Day 1 

 The first day in Marrakech started with lovely weather at least 28 degrees , My outfit was all about smart casual separates, tailored shorts and iconic white sunglasses. The day ended with a fantastic lunch at Riad El Fenn

What to pack Morocco

What to pack Morocco

Seersucker Shorts: Uniqlo / Men’s Sunglasses: CK Calvin Klein Jeans / White Men’s Tee: Uniqlo

What to pack Morocco

Day 2

// The second day was all about capturing Sartorial moments with a neatly tailored Blazer for a very special elegant Wedding Invitation at Dar JL Private Estate //

What to pack Morocco

What to pack Morocco

Blazer: Zara Man / Chino: Polo Ralph Lauren / Pocket Square: River Island / Bag: Chanel / Shades: CK Calvin Klein

 

Day 3

// The 2rd day of the Wedding was all about resort style, therefore I opted for casual vacation day wear.

I have paired up a retro pair of white sunglasses with some bold print swimsuits – and, I was ready for poolside fun! //

What to pack Morocco

What to pack Morocco

Swimwear Shorts: Topman /  Shades: CK Calvin Klein / Mens Tee: Uniqlo

Day 4

// The 4th day was about Daytime Resort Attire by the plunge pool to enjoy a spot of Moroccan Mint tea at Breakfast before checking out art, ceramics, traditional Moroccan berber rugs and designers in the Souks of the Medina’s Main Square //

 

What to pack Morocco

What to pack Morocco

What to pack Morocco

Outfit: Uniqlo Japan / Shades: CK Calvin Klein

I hope you enjoyed my Moroccan inspiration look book

A CITY GUIDE TO MILAN: STYLE AND CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE IN EUROPE’S LEADING FASHION CAPITAL

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MILAN

Photo Nadia Rashid
The Milanese public Tram in Central Milan

Not forgetting AC and Inter Milan Football Clubs for all you avid sports fans out there. For those intrigued about discovering Milan, if you like Paris then you came to the right place for sought after luxury designer shopping and high end restaurants take your fancy

Ciao Milano.

The city’s historical landmarks the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral testify to centuries of art and culture including Leonardo da vinci’s mural ‘the last supper’ housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent pays homage to the grandeur of Italian Renaissance.

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN MILAN

NYX HOTEL MILAN

This stylish new concept and contemporary hotel in the heart of Milan’s city centre is every fashionista’s dream as it’s very close to all the main attractions and just a stone’s throw away from the shopping Mecca of via Corso Buenos Aires and Central Station area of Eateries, bars and bustling nightlife.  Metro station access Republica, Centrale and Porto Venezia are all within walking distance from the hotel.

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THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE

DUOMO DI MILANO CATHEDRAL

The historic Landmark Duomo di Milano is one of Milan’s most treasured gems being the most grandest Cathedrals in the world that you will ever encounter with its Gothic architecture is quite impressive in all it’s all awe and beauty. I really do think it’s worth visiting and you can gain access to the inside of the building by buying a ticket pass for a couple of hours at a price of 3-4 Euro’s. Tickets can be purchased by the issuing tourist ticket office nearby which is not alot as you get to admire the art work of the cathedrals stained glass windows and visit the Crypt in the lower levels of the building. Separate passes for lift access to the roof is also available at a extra cost too for great views over the city.

Top image: Stain Glassed Window. This image Rooftop of Milan’s Cathedral

 

 

 

PORTO GENOVA

Just imagine the streets aligned with an array of your favourite restaurants and bars to cater to all cuisines both local and international taste this would be where it’s at. It’s like a mini Amsterdam situated along the canal as you watch the day go by. But just remember restaurants close at 3pm and re-open at 7pm to bear this in mind compared to what you’re used to elsewhere in the world. But you must try The Apitervo bars and restaurants who offer a complimentary drink and a food buffet offered at various places along the canal and rather enjoyed taking a stroll along the canal and worth exploring day or night.

 

MILAN FASHION WEEK
Arriving in Milan for Men’s Fashion Week over the summer I just did not know what to expect as it was my first hand experience of visiting the city while doing a bit of sightseeing in between the shows. Already I just knew there was so much I wanted to see and experience during the next few days before returning home to London. Just out of curiosity I was so keen to compare how the Italian’s do fashion week over here in Milan compared to us Brit’s in London. It really took me by surprise how good it actually turned out – no words. Camera Moda the equivalent of the British Fashion Council organise the bi-annual Fashion Week Schedule which require accreditation for both Press and Photographer’s if you happen to get approval is a great way to take in shows and atmosphere during the duration of Milan Fashion Week. But, if you’re not one of the lucky few who can secure an invitation you can still hang around outside the shows and do some street style spotting of fashion influencers on the scene and participate as a blog photographer.
Photo Joey de Cordero
Edith Marcel Spring Summer 2020 Menswear / Womenswear Show at Camera Moda #MFW

 

 

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

OSTERIA MAMMA ROSA

The first thing which comes to mind when you think about living the Italian way of life is culture through cuisine and only the finest authentic food can be found at this Top Milanese Restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa just off the trendy Corso Buenos Airies. My favourite signature dish here has to be the Sea Bass prepared the Liguria way served with potatoes’  as an alternative to the Grilled Seabass which is also delightfully sumptuous. On arrival prosecco is served before dinner as a gesture of good will and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming at this family run restaurant in the heart of Milan.

Ligurian way Sea Bass Fillet with violet potatoes, olives, and “pinoli” pine nuts

 

GELATO ICECREAM

In Italy there are so much choice when it comes to desert especially the selection of Gelato Icecream you can find in various icecream palours dotted around the city such as this place I found ‘Vechi’. The mango sorbet and strawberry with a bit of chocolate was the best way to cool off during a hot summers day in the city while sight seeing in Milan.

APEROL SPRITZ

The signature drink when you come to Italy had to be my favorite always the Aperol Spritz that really reminds of summer and it’s so refreshing with its blend of Aperol liqueur, Prosecco and Soda Water combination is my go to drink during Milan Fashion Week.

 

 

DESIGNER FASHION LABELS & SHOPPING

 

GALLERIA EMANUELE VITTORIO II
The Galleria Emanuele Vittorio II is Milan’s premiere shopping destination that houses all under one roof the world’s most exclusive designer label boutiques from Prada, GUCCI to Chanel and more. Inside this elegant four storey arcade you’ll find high end restaurants if you want to experience authentic Italian cuisine and luxury cafes to unwind after an afternoon of shopping. It’s also a short stroll just outside of the Duomo di Milano piazza which connects  with Teatro alla Scala if you want to admire and catch a glimpse of Milanese renaissance in all its splendor.

 

CORSO BUENOS AIRES

The Corso Buenos Aires the equivalent of London’s Oxford Street you’ll find everything from high street brands, independent small boutiques to designer labels and shop till your heart’s content if you wish. Compared to the shopping streets of London it’s less overcrowded and a bit more laid back so you can shop with ease.

 

VIA MONTENAPOLEONE MILAN’S DESIGNER SHOPPING STREET

When you come to Milan I highly recommend checking out the Montenapoleone District for its luxury fashion boutiques serving the well heeled and discerning clientele. If you’re after the latest styles from the international catwalks you will find it here from big name luxury fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna, Missoni, Versace and many more. This neighborhood is rich in history showcasing fine craftsmanship based on tradition to luxury fashion where money talks in this town.  Once a upon a time the street was home to aristocrats and the choice of wealthy families who resided here to open ateliers, boutiques and jewelers.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

Milan has two Airports Malpensa and Linate that serve both Europe as well as connecting International destinations worldwide. The airport with the closest proximity to the City is Linate which is 20 mins a Taxi to the city center and Malpensa 45 mins drive away.

From the U.K Milan is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes from London Gatwick Airport with EasyJet and cost approximately £ 89 return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on EasyJet for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.

I really recommend booking the extra add-ons when booking your flight through EasyJet such as extra leg room and speedy boarding as it makes all the difference so you can travel with ease and not need to worry about being in held up so you spend less time at the Airport.

Airport Transfer’s from Linate into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 – 30 Euro’s or there’s the option of using an UBER which is available in Milan too if you prefer using this service is present in many countries worldwide.

 

 

For more information and booking inquiries on Flights to Milan Linate or Malpensa please visit EasyJet Airline

 

www.easyjet.com

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@easyjet #easyJetter

 

 

Disclosure: #AD I would like to Thank EasyJet.com for sponsoring my Travel during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and making this trip possible. All Opinions Expressed will be my own and prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. EasyJet

CALIFORNIA DREAMING | CATCH THE WAVES IN LAGUNA BEACH

LAGUNA BEACH LIFESTYLES IN THE REAL O.C.

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Living the Digital Nomad Lifestyle in California would be the Ideal Summer Situation

Here are some of my favourite snaps & outfits.

Before THE HILLS TV Show Laguna Beach is still where it’s at – Postcards from the beach

Men's Swimshorts

Nothing compares to a long weekend on the sea shore – wanderlust on a secluded private beach

Wearing my favourite Topman swimshorts and a my favourite vacation accessories:

like my Sunglasses from Marc Jacobs

Men's Swimwear

 

Men's Swimshorts

My go to weekend shirt to relax in – it’s perfect for wearing on and off the Beach at home or a Beach Resort.

Hope you enjoyed my Beach Life lookbook living the California dream!